The South Dakota legislative session is winding down and a bill to legalize industrial hemp is still not getting verbal support from Governor Kristi Noem. South Dakota Farmers Union lobbyist Mitch Richter is hopeful Noem remains open. “She came out very opposed to it and she didn’t say she would veto the bill,” he says. “Governor Noem is concerned about the public safety aspect of the cannabidiol (CBD) oil and then, a little bit on the law enforcement and testing.” The South Dakota Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee passed the bill to legalize the growth, production and processing of industrial hemp in the state.
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